SAVE PETS, DRINK BEER! WHAT COULD BE ANY BETTER THAN THAT!?

Since this is the first blog I have ever written for Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove, I wanted to make it about something that means a lot to me. Some of you know from talking to me and my husband, Ace, that we volunteer for a local animal rescue group, Madison Animal Rescue Foundation (MARF).  What you may not know is that Ace and I are the proud “pets” of 9 very spoiled dogs! That’s right, 9!! We are also the foster parents to 3 very wonderful dogs that are looking for their “furever” homes. Our dogs are all rescue dogs and they are all different sizes and breeds. Naturally, our favorite breed is “rescue”!

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MARF relies solely on volunteers, donations and fundraisers to support the animals we try to save. All of our pets live in foster homes until they find their own family and home. We are always in need for more foster homes so think about becoming a foster and saving a life! You can choose the size and breed of animal that you want to foster that will fit in with your home and lifestyle!  There is nothing easier or more rewarding than saving the life of animal in need! 

Many of the animals we save are abandoned or strays.  However, some get turned in by their owners who are either unable or unwilling to continue to care for them.  The dogs and cats we foster didn’t ask to be in this situation and they deserve a chance to have a loving home and family, and I promise you, adopting or fostering these animals will make you a happier person too!  The unconditional love they give is beyond comprehension.  When they come out of the shelter and realize they are going to have a warm bed to sleep on and food in their tummy, the sigh of relief they let out is visible and you see the fear in their eyes turn to joy!  It is the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced.  Ace and I have fostered about 40 dogs in the last two years and each and every one of them has been special to us! 

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Now YOU have the opportunity to help even if you can’t foster or adopt!  By joining us at our annual fundraiser, PINTS FOR PAWS, you can help the fur babies and have some fun too!  PINTS FOR PAWS will be at Blue Pants Brewery on September 27, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m.  There will be food, live music, raffles, and a silent auction with some very nice items up for grabs! Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Come by the office and see me for tickets!  There will also be unlimited beer samples with the purchase of your ticket. This event is a great way to support your community, not to mention getting to sample some great locally crafted beer and best of all, SAVING LIVES!!  Please come out and support this great cause!    

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Life or Death in 37 Minutes


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Continuing my blog theme on health and wellness, today I am going to share what I learned about stress management, first-hand, from someone who demonstrated an amazing amount of grace and presence of mind during a life-and-death crisis with the lives of 296 people in his hands. I am talking about United Airlines Pilot, Al Haynes, captain of Flight 232 that crash-landed in Sioux City, IA on July 19, 1989. Al Haynes, was the captain who against all odds, along with his team of pilots, saved 185 lives in a situation where it was deemed impossible to do so.

I was privileged to see him speak in person and was truly inspired by his story, courage, aplomb and humility. I was recently tasked with researching the topic of “grace under pressure” so I examined how Flight 232 unfolded and the pilots’ reactions, because I could think of no better example.

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First, I was shocked to learn that this involved great physical effort and a near-impossible balancing-act the pilots performed to keep the plane upright–for over 37 minutes! I didn’t know that after the complete failure of all hydraulic systems caused by the violent explosion of a fan blade in the #2 engine, the airplane’s gyrations included a constant phugoid pattern (nose-up/nose-down motion), all the while the right wing drooped and the plane made 360 degree right turns. To prevent the plane from crashing down or turning over, the pilots used all the strength and brainpower they had to keep the plane upright until they could try and land at the nearest airport. They did this by controlling the throttles of the two remaining engines, engaging just enough thrust back-and-forth, completely by “feel”. To quote Al Haynes, “we had no ailerons to bank the airplane, we had no rudder to turn it, no elevators to control the pitch, we had no leading-edge flaps or slats to slow the airplane down, no trailing-edge flaps for landing, we had no spoilers on the wing, to help us get down, or help us slow down, once we were on the ground. And on the ground, we had no steering, nose wheel or tail, and no brakes.”

In addition they hit the landing strip at 100 mph over the average speed an airplane is at when it comes into a landing strip. With no braking power.

What struck me the most in this story were these things: First, when I listened to the audio of Captain Haynes and air traffic control, I was amazed at how calm both of these men were—or how calm they appeared by their composed, unruffled conversation. At one point, just minutes before the plane gets to the airport, Captain Haynes and the air traffic controller said this:

Air Traffic Controller, Sioux City: “United 232 heavy, winds currently 360 at 11, three sixty at eleven, you’re cleared to land on any runway.
Capt Haynes, UAL 232: (Laughter) “You want to be particular and make it a runway, huh?”

Yes, that’s right. In the midst of quite possibly his own death, Capt Haynes kept his composure enough to even chuckle. His last few sentences with the air traffic controller were poised, calm and sounded even positive—as if, despite all of the above facts, he was going to land this airplane safely.

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So the first three points I take from this example are to stay calm when under pressure, maintain a sense of humor to perhaps endure it, and also, believe you can do it! However, frightening the impending task appears, BELIEVE in your abilities, whether singly or as part of a team working together.

So, this team of pilots were focused on landing that plane safely on a runway, using the facts of their situation as they knew them, as well as whatever they had at their disposal—which wasn’t much! Unfortunately, lack of control of the plane caused by its complete hydraulic failure kept that from happening exactly – the right wing tipped down and the plane cartwheeled down the runway. But the fact they even got to the runway was a feat in itself. Dennis Fitch, the pilot manning the throttles said he had two conflicting factors he was working with in terms of the landing—if he tried to slow the plane down, he could cause the wing to go up; however, they were coming in at too high a speed and sink rate (I presume that means the plane was at too high of an angle with the ground) which he said was a sink rate 3 times the plane’s capability to land. So he went full throttle as they reached the landing strip. Indeed, by trying to level out the plane and reduce the sink rate, one wing went up, the other dipped and that’s why it cartwheeled.

The great news of the story is that 185 people survived. The fact the pilots navigated the plane to that runway at all was miraculous! In fact, during the 37 minutes from engine explosion to landing, the pilots contacted United’s technical support team. When the crew told tech support that all 3 hydraulic systems were out, tech support didn’t believe them; they thought they hadn’t heard them correctly. When the crew impressed upon tech support that there was no question about it—all three systems were out—the tech support team later told the pilots, “At that point we didn’t know what to say to you because we knew we were talking to four dead men.”

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This last remark was taken from Dennis Fitch’s story “One Hell of a Tale” an Errol Morris documentary. Well, this blog is going on too long, but it’s an amazing story I just can’t seem to get out of my bloodstream. SO, next blog I’ll talk about what else I gleaned from this story about how to handle stress and grace under pressure. Check these guys out online. They have amazing perspectives and amazing courage.

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Top Ten Reasons to Lease at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments & Corporate Suites

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For years, it has been the opinion of many people that renting makes you a second-class citizen. You were only supposed to rent temporarily until you could move up in the world and realize the American dream of buying a house.  Those days are behind us.  The world, as we know it, has changed a lot since 2008.  

While purchasing a house may be a goal for many people, it’s often just less expensive and more convenient to be a renter.  Here are 10 good reasons to lease at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments & Corporate Suites:

  1. You spend a lot less on utilities. You will still need to pay for utilities when you rent, but chances are, your utility bills would be higher if you owned a house.  At Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments & Corporate Suites, you pay a flat rate for utilities that never fluctuate during your lease term.  It is one easy payment and no separate accounts to set up or keep up with.  In addition, you save nearly $600.00 in connection fees as we have already paid them for you. 
  2. You’re not liable for maintenance or repairs.  When you own a house, you will have to pay for all of the maintenance and repairs.  Since you cannot determine what will need to be fixed on a house, the costs can be astronomical.  Have you ever seen the cost of a new Air Conditioner/Heat Pump?  When you rent, you can leave the maintenance and repairs, as well as the costs, to your landlord.  Did you know that the maintenance team at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove won the 2013-2014 “Maintenance Technician of the Year” and “Maintenance Support Team Member of the Year” Awards?  This was presented by the Apartment Association of North Alabama and they were the only winners in their class!                                                                                                                        Image
  3. You do not have to pay property taxes.  On a list of things “A’int Nobody Got Time For”, THAT!  Let the landlord pay those expensive taxes.   
  4. You will probably have less debt. Between student loans, car loans and credit card payments, many people are already in debt before adding a mortgage payment. 
  5. Homeowners insurance is more costly than Renters Insurance.  In some parts of the country, house insurance can be over $2000.00 a year.  At Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove, our residents can expect to pay less than $200.00 a year for renters insurance.  Come to the office and we will refer you to agents that sell this affordable insurance.  You will have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are protected.
  6. You have more opportunity and flexibility.  Is it possible that your job could transfer you to another city or state?  Is it possible that you might find an exciting new opportunity in another city or state?  The answer to both of these questions is a resounding YES.  At Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove, we offer Lease Terms that allow you the mobility to go where life takes you.  If you have to list a house, it may take months to sell.  Also, if the market is bad, you may end up losing thousands of dollars.  Let’s also add that to our list of things “A’int Nobody Got Time For”.
  7. You can live in a superior neighborhood.  Have you seen the prices of houses in the City of Madison, Alabama?  Google it and then have someone handy to help “pick your jaw up off of the floor”.  At Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove, you can live in a “Great City” without the “Great Expense”.
  8. You’ll be more financially secure.  I think most of us were either affected by, or know someone who was affected by, the Crash of 2008.  It was very disconcerting for millions of people to lose all of the equity in their homes.  When you rent, you can put more of your hard earned money into savings.  Then, you are not at the mercy of the economy when all of your savings were invested in a house.
  9. You can enjoy modern conveniences and luxuries. When you own a house, can you afford to buy and then maintain a Big Beautiful In ground Pool?  Can you afford to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of “State of the Art” Exercise Equipment?  Can you afford to repair or replace major appliances?  At Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments, we provide and then take care of all of this for you.
  10. It’s easier to redecorate.  Renting your home does mean that you cannot make any major changes like painting or remodeling.  Renting does mean that you can more easily update furnishings and decorations to suit your taste.  It is much easier to keep up with modern trends when you don’t have to pay for the upkeep of the physical structure in which you reside. 

I could probably think of many more reasons, but I think that you get the point.  A home at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments & Corporate Suites is “worry free”.  No repairs, no taxes, no yard work and no stress.  Please remember to refer your friends to Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove.  We pay referral fees and your friend will Love their new home.

Until next time!  Joseph

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All Things Local: They’ve been known to pick a song or two…

‘But,’ said I, ‘to be quite honest, I do not think I can live without something of a musical society. I condition for nothing else; but without music, life would be a blank for me.’   — Jane Austen (Emma)

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Today, I continue the Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove “All Things Local” series with an installment on local music.  I’m a huge fan of live music of all genres and constantly checking the Valley Planet Magazine for who’s playing around town.  For the last several years Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove has provided live entertainment from local musicians for our residents at the end of the season pool parties.  It’s been fun to break from the “quiet” for an evening to hear fabulous sounds carry across the lawn.  However, that’s not until the end of summer so in the meantime, get out and try these local events.

 

Concerts at Big Spring Park
Every Monday evening through August 4th beginning at 6:30.  While enjoying the music, try a pizza to go from Pane-E-Vino.  You won’t be disappointed!!
Visit their web page for a complete lineup – Huntsville Concerts in the Park

The Village of Providence Summer Concerts
Providence has many delicious restaurants to choose from and some will even deliver the take out order to you while you’re listening to the music.
THURSDAYS – June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11
SATURDAYS – June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27
Visit their web page for more information – Village Of Providence

Madison Gazebo Concerts
Close to home and relaxing, don’t miss this venue every Thursday night through July 31st.  And check out the local shops while in Downtown Madison.
Visit their web page for complete lineup – Madison Arts Council

Concerts in the park venues encourage event goers to bring blankets or chairs, pack a picnic and cooler.  Some folks who attend get creative and set up fancy portable tables, decorated with pretty table cloths and flowers.  I’ve always enjoyed seeing the different displays.  The events are free but donations are requested to support the local arts.

Downtown Huntsville Sounds on the Square
Every Thursday night 5:00 – 7:00 through August.
Huntsville has been growing their downtown entertainment district.  Enjoy food and a drink while you walk around on the square and listen to the jam sessions.
Visit their webpage for music information and more – Downtown Huntsville Inc

City Lights and Stars at Burritt on the Mountain
If you’ve not seen the view of the city from Burritt on the Mountain you are certainly missing out!  Be entertained by great music under the stars.  Music begins at 7:30 and you can log on and order tickets in advance.
July 4th – Local legend, Microwave Dave and The Nukes
July 25th – Get your reggae/funk groove on with Kush
August 15th – Enjoy the soulful R & B sounds of Eric Essix
Visit their web page for the full calendar of events – Burritt on the Mountain

 

And of course, don’t miss out on the local bands playing around town.  Huntsville and Madison have very talented entertainers!  A few of my favorites are Big Daddy Kingfish, Blackeyed Susan, Crush, Juice, Myerson’s Miller and Space Donkey’s.  Visit their FB pages for show dates and times or in the Valley Planet Magazine.  Stop by and pick up a Valley Planet in the office or in the laundry center.  Ourvalleyevents also has a calendar of events.

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“Can We Fix it?” “Yes, We Can!”

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Kelly Williams but most people know me as Ace. I will be writing my blog for Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove regarding helpful maintenance tips and tricks you can do yourself.

At the end I’ve included a helpful tip regarding your garbage disposal, but to start out, I thought I would tell you a little about myself and some of the upcoming improvements we are planning for the 2nd half of 2014.

So about myself: I have been in the construction and maintenance field for 18 years and I’ve worked for Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove for almost 4 years.  I have 5 children and have lived in the Madison County area going on 7 years. I also volunteer with the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation (MARF).  My wife and I have 9 dogs, 2 cats, and we are currently fostering 2 dogs.  We love our pets!

Here at Abby Glenn~A Quite Cove we are continually trying to improve our property to make it a fantastic place to live.  Our latest upgrade over the next several weeks will be soft close hinges on all cabinet doors.  These hinges will help prevent the cabinet doors from slamming, making Abby Glenn a “Quieter” Cove! I will also be installing new braided ice maker supply lines and new icemaker water valves. This will help prevent the possibility of significant water leaks.

Before I sign off, here’s my quick tip for garbage disposals:

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To help keep odors at bay in your disposal all you need is 2 lemon wedges and 2 handfuls of ice (10-12 cubes).  Put them in the garbage disposal and run the disposal with water until the ice is gone. The lemon is to neutralize odors and the ice acts as a scouring pad. You can do this once a month or even every couple of weeks. Just try not to add too much of either item, too much ice at once can freeze it up for a short time.

Remember, if you have a maintenance request you can enter those on your tenant portal directly from our website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  However, if there is anything the staff at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove can do for you please do not hesitate to call, email or even stop by. We will be happy to help.

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A Blog Isn’t Just Another Blog

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Good morning, afternoon or evening—whenever you happen to be reading this.  My name is Jane and some residents may not know me as I work from home and not in the leasing office.  I am the Asset Manager, staff supervisor and corporate suites manager for Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments & Corporate Suites.  I am charged with ensuring the property is in good condition and well-managed.  You don’t hear from me very often so I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself and share a little about what blogs we will be writing here from Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments.    I am originally from the Midwest and moved to Abby Glenn in 2008.  I am proud to say we have become a premier apartment community in the Huntsville area as evidenced by the numerous Apartment Association of North Alabama Rocket Awards we have won.  We hope to continue on this award-winning path, the old-fashioned way: by EARNING it.  Please let me know if there is anything that needs attending to at the property, if you have suggestions for improvements or praises for staff or the property for a job well done.

Enough of the introduction—as we feel we are a team here at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove, I have asked each of the staff members to share in posting blogs for Abby Glenn.  I am sure most of you are familiar with our staff but in case you are new and have not yet met the rest of the team, they are: Stephanie Lynch, Property Manager; Kelly (Ace) Williams, Maintenance Manager; and Joseph Maroney, Leasing Agent.  We will all be contributing blogs.  Stephanie’s blogs will focus mostly on activities, events and entertainment opportunities in Madison and Huntsville, AL. So don’t forget to check our blogs for great information on what’s happening in and around our community.  Just go to abbyglennapts.com and click-on our blog icon for our “wordpress” blogs.  Of the four social media icons on our home page, it is the icon to the far right with the “w” as its symbol.

Also, don’t forget to check-out our Facebook page where Stephanie posts Huntsville area events and activities.

Ace’s blogs will focus more on helpful maintenance tips in your apartment.  Joseph’s blogs will provide important information regarding our Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove amenities and “apartment living” tips.

I will focus on my pet topic: fitness, health and nutrition.  I have made a lifelong self-study on this topic but I am not an expert.  I have no degree in nutrition or exercise physiology.  Therefore, I will be sharing successful diet and exercise tips that have worked for me personally but actual recommendations will come only from the experts (medical journals, registered dietician’s articles, etc).  I do want to share that I have been trained on teaching a particular health and wellness curriculum used in my church, Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, AL where I taught a course on the topic a few years ago.

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So, I am guessing this article has just about expended its useful life, but to provide a nugget of valuable information, I will share this quick exercise tip I learned from the experts:  the minimum amount of physical exercise or activity an adult should get per week is: (1) moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least five times per week (the 30 minutes can be broken-down into chunks, for example, 10+10+10 minutes); or (2) vigorous activity for at least 20 minutes, three times per week.  These are the suggested minimums.

An example of each would be:

Moderate Exercise—A brisk but not overly aggressive walk; you can break up this walk into multiple shorter walks, for example, 10 minutes in the morning, at lunch and in the evening.

Vigorous Exercise—this is easy: running; doing the stationary bike (e.g., at 90 RPMs) at our Fitness Center; using the elliptical machine; swimming; water aerobics and the list goes on.  All of these examples are activities you can engage in right here at Abby Glenn.  HOUSEWORK burns 123 calories/hour for a person of my size (110 pounds).

I look forward to providing more health tips, more succinctly in the future!  LOL.  The team at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove Apartments & Corporate Suites wishes you great health and a great week.

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All Things Local: What’s Your Craft Beer-sonality??

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”  Abraham Lincoln

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If you visited our office at Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove and asked us anything about the local culture, you may have gotten more than you expected.  I love the Tennessee Valley so I can go overboard bragging about all there is to offer in our “small” town.  This is the first installment of our All Things Local series about our wonderful, diverse, city and the variety of things available to our residents.  Our story about great beer comes to you just in time for the 6th Annual Rocket City Brewfest May 9th and 10th, 2014.

Let me begin by saying I have never considered myself a “beer” person.  However, being the huge fan of all things local, I wanted to understand the hype and discover what so many of my friends were talking about…the local craft beer scene.  Thus my experience began, on a bar stool, at the tap room of Straight to Ale a little over a year ago.  Since then I have obtained my beer-ducation from Carie Partain, a member of Huntsville Chapter of Free the Hops, the organization who lobbied and changed the beer laws allowing us to enjoy “home” brewed in this great State of Alabama.  A few visits to tap rooms also helped to further my research.

Be it IPA, Dubbel, Stout, or one of the many other types of beer, here in the Huntsville / Madison Alabama area, we have many local brewers in which to choose.  For those of you who haven’t ventured into the craft beer world yet, (trust me – you are missing out) or if you need “continuing education” credit, the Huntsville / Madison area has just the hops for you.

Here are a few of our local brewers with tap rooms to get you started on your craft beer journey.

  • Straight to Ale – 3200 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville.  Straight to Ale has a tap room open seven days a week, 3PM until 10PM.  Join them for game nights every Tuesday or for their live music events.
  • Blue Pants Brewery – 500 Lanier Rd, Bldg 1, Suite A, Madison.  Blue Pants tap room is open Mon – Wed 3PM until 10pm and Thur-Sat 3PM until Midnight.  They have trivia nights and live music two nights a week.
  • Yellowhammer – 2406 Clinton Avenue West, Huntsville.  Yellowhammer tap room is open Fridays 4PM until 9PM and Saturdays 2PM – 9PM.  They have a biergarten under construction which will open soon.
  • Salty Nut Brewery – 4411 Evangel Circle Northwest, Huntsville.  Salty Nut tap room opens at 5PM Thursdays and Fridays and 3PM on Saturdays.

As an added bonus many of the local food trucks are on hand serving their wonderful food to pair your beer while the the tap rooms are open.

Other local brewers you will want to try include Rocket Republic Brewing and Brew Stooges.

You can find many selections at local grocery stores, but if you want to sample a variety, be sure to try Wish you Were Beer.  They have a great selection of beers on tap for you to sample in the store so you can leave with the choice you enjoyed best (or purchase one of the many hundreds of other craft selections they stock).  Just don’t try to sample everything all at once!  Craft beers are sipping/savoring beers, not chugging beers!  Be mindful of the ABV (alcohol by volume) in your craft beer!  Some styles are typically higher gravity than others and you could be consuming more alcohol in one tasty beverage then 2-3 of the mass produced beers out there. Next time you’re headed out to dinner, think of restaurants such as Pie in the Sky, Mellow Mushroom, and Drakes all of  which support and serve the local beers.  Also check out Below the Radar who serves their own brew as well as many other brands.

Best of all, you can get a sampling of our local options, as well as other Alabama craft brewers in one place this weekend at the Rocket City Brewfest.  The event is held at the Historic Huntsville Depot and Roundhouse in downtown Huntsville.  Along with beer,  there will be food from local vendors and entertainment.

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And so, I will leave you with a toast for now, “May you always have love in your hearts and a beer in your belly!”

Of course, Abby Glenn~A Quiet Cove encourages you to stay safe and drink responsibly by choosing a designated driver or calling a cab.

CHEERS!!

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